The Fred Hutch Blood and Marrow Transplant program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) had its beginnings in the 1970s, when Nobel Prize-winner E. Donnall Thomas, MD, and his team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center first developed clinical use of transplants.
Today, the internationally renowned physician-scientists at SCCA, Fred Hutch and UW Medicine join together and continue to lead with new discoveries related to blood and marrow transplant (BMT) — which ultimately creates more treatment options for patients like you.
When your care team designs your treatment plan, they will look for any clinical trials that might match your situation. If so, your care team will talk with you about whether you might want to join a particular study and why. This can help you make the decision that’s best for you. If you join a clinical trial, you will see the same physicians and nurses as you would for standard therapy.
How treatment works here
The safest, most effective and most widely accepted therapies for cancer become the “standard of care.” For many patients, these are the foundation of treatment. At SCCA, we provide all standard therapies for all types of cancer.
Our physicians and researchers are always asking how we can make blood and marrow transplant better. Reduce side effects further. And tell each patient, “Good news. No signs of disease.” This is why we conduct clinical trials. Through BMT studies — which we pioneered nearly a half-century ago — we’re able to offer you therapies that are not available everywhere. A therapy that is now in trials may become the new standard tomorrow.
In the summer of 2017, Lorrie Ann Sherman thought food poisoning was the reason she was throwing up and felt so weak she couldn’t even stand. At 42 years old, she was a health and fitness enthusiast who ran or did yoga daily, ate clean and favored cold press juices.
I was diagnosed in 2010 with a myelodysplastic syndrome, also called MDS, which includes a number of diseases associated with the bone marrow. It quickly became evident that a bone marrow transplant would be my best option for survival.
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